Keynote speakers

prof. dr. Maarten Kleinhans (The Netherlands) [ more ]
Keynote on ‘WORLDs OF BEDFORMS : the ancient, the present, the extraterrestrial and the kitchen’
Utrecht University (the Netherlands). Faculty of Geosciences. Department of Physical Geography, Research Group River and Delta Morphodynamics.
Short CV
Maarten Kleinhans is associate professor in the faculty of geoscience at Utrecht University. He received his PhD cum laude at Utrecht University for research on fluvial sediment transport and bedforms in mixtures of sand and gravel. After a postdoc project on coastal sediment transport and bedforms he acquired a personal 3-year fellowship (Veni) to study river bifurcations and a personal 5-year fellowship (Vidi) for the even larger scale of river patterns, which is still in progress. Maarten combines fieldwork, experimentation, numerical modelling and remote sensing and works on Earth and Mars. He was elected member of the Young Academy of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Science and spends half a day per week playing with water and sand whilst asking questions, often together with children in elementary schools as part of innovative science and technology education.

prof. dr. Peter Thorne (UK) [ more ]
Keynote on ‘Acoustic developments for the measurement of sediment processes over bedforms’
Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory. National Oceanography Centre.
Short CV
Prof. Thorne has been involved in the development and application of acoustics for studying nearbed sediment transport processes for over two decades. The utilisation of acoustic backscatter systems, ABS, acoustic coherent Doppler velocity profilers, ADVP and acoustic ripple profilers, ARP, have been applied to understanding the dynamic feedback interactions between the bed, flow and sediments; often termed ‘The Sediment Triad’. In the presentation recent advances in the acoustic measurement of sediment transport processes above rippled beds under waves in coastal waters will be assessed.

prof. dr. Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher (The Netherlands) [ more ]
University of Twente. Faculty of Engineering Technology. Civil Engineering. Department of Water Engineering & Management.
Short CV
From 2002 Prof dr Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher is head of the group Water Engineering & Management. She received her PhD-grade in 1996 at the faculty Physics and Astronomy, on the topic modeling of bed patterns in coastal seas. The research was conducted at WL|Delft Hydraulics and IMAU, Utrecht University. Hereafter she held several scientific positions within the Cluster Civil Technology & Management at the University of Twente, from 2002 she holds the chair Physics of Watersystems. As guest scientist she stayed in Canada and Spain. In 2002 she won the Miverva-award of FOM (Fundamental Research on Matter). In 2003, she was awarded a VICI-grant of the NWO (Dutch organization of scientific research) to investigate roughness modeling for water management applications. Hereafter she was invited to join the KNAW (dutch academy of sciences), and became member of the DJA (young senior scientists) and the council for earth and climate. Early 2007 Hulscher became part of the Dutch Innovation Platform, chaired by Balkenende (dutch prime minister). Prof Hulscher acted 15 times as promotor and she supervises 10 PhD-students. From 2009 prof. Hulscher is member of the committee sciences innovation (commissie van wijzen).

prof. dr. Ugo Piomelli (Canada) [ more ]
Keynote on ‘Numerical simulations of steady flow over dunes’
Queen’s University Canada. Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Canada Research Chair in Computational Turbulence HPCVL-Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering.
Short CV
Professor Piomelli obtained a Laurea in Ingegneria Aeronautica from the Università di Napoli "Federico II" in 1979. He then earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1988. From 1987 to 2008 he was on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland as Assistant, then Associate and, from 2000, Full Professor. He also served as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate studies from 2002 to 2007. In August 2008 he joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Computational Turbulence, and the HPCVL-Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering.
Professor Piomelli has published 67 refereed journal articles, in the fields of turbulence and transition modelling and simulations. His work has been cited over 4,300 times (Web of Science). He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002, of the Institute of Physics (UK) in 2004 and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2009. He was also elected Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2004.

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